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The musical Live Aid, which raised a significant amount of funds in the past, will be coming to London after many years.


The Old Vic theater announced on Monday that Live Aid, the famous concert that raised millions for famine relief in Ethiopia, will be adapted into a stage musical and will debut in London next year.

Organized by rockers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure almost 40 years ago, Live Aid was watched by an estimated 1.5 billion people.

Mr. Geldof stated on The Old Vic website that if this musical inspires even one person to make a positive difference, it will be a successful accomplishment.

He mentioned that he had observed the progress of the production. “I am eagerly anticipating watching it… I hope it is not terrible!” the well-known outspoken singer, who has now become a campaigner and entrepreneur, also stated.

Just For One Day written by author John O’Farrell and directed by Luke Sheppard, will run at The Old Vic from Jan. 26 to March 30, 2024. The theater said the production had permission from the Band Aid Charitable Trust, which will get 10% from the sale of each ticket.

“For those of us who were alive during the 1980s, Saturday, July 13th, 1985 will likely be a day that we will never forget,” stated Matthew Warchus, the artistic director of Old Vic. “We all have memories of where we were, who we were with, and the incredible awe we felt while witnessing the monumental Live Aid event.”

The performance will showcase music from various artists such as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Queen, The Who, Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Boomtown Rats, and others who participated in the concert held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia.

In the year following, Mr. Geldof and Mr. Ure enlisted a group of popular musicians to produce the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in order to raise funds for those affected by the famine in Ethiopia.